Tuesday, August 11, 2015

EVENT | A$AP Ferg Hosts Health Fair For Youth

Rapper A$AP Ferg is using his fame for a good cause.

He started up the first-ever Ferg Fair, an event that took place at the Harlem Polo Grounds Community Center on Sunday, August 9. The fair focused on healthy living and positivity, with free health checks, activities and performances for 300 young people. The Harlem-bred rapper partnered with The Children’s Village and People of Peace (POP) to give back to his community and pick up where his grandmother left off.

“She used to do a health fair in my father’s name because he died of a kidney failure,” said A$AP Ferg. “I figured, I have a little fan base now, so that’ll be cool for me to use my star power for something positive.”

His “little” fan base is actually a pretty big one, with more than 435,000 followers on Twitter.

A$AP Ferg hopes to encourage the youth of Harlem to reach for their dreams.

“I just want them to be inspired. Inspired to know, inspired to be curious, be curious about themselves and what’s going on in their bodies as far as health,” he said. “I was always curious as a young child, wanting to know what was happening in New York City besides Harlem. I think that curiosity led me to where I am right now.”

The event ended with a performance by Ferg and a Q&A session with the audience. He sat on the edge of the stage, surrounded by excited fans. The intimate setting and genuine answers proved he’s like the big brother they’ve been looking for.

“I’m here if they need that guy who came from the same place they came from. I’m cut from the same cloth, I’ve probably gone through the same battles. I made it out, so you can make it out too,” he said. “As long as you got that goal in your head of where you want to go on top of that mountain, you’ll find a way to get up there. I can’t tell you how you’re going to get up there, but you’ll find a way and I’ll meet you up there.”

With events like the Ferg Fair, he’s setting a great example for teens and spreading a positive message about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

As published on Pavement Pieces (August 10, 2015)


- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Friday, August 7, 2015

EVENT | Osheaga 2015

Osheaga is the music festival that I look forward to every summer. Good vibes in Montreal! Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys...such a great lineup.

Caught some scenic views during the drive up to Montreal from NYC

So. Many. People.

Friday, July 31, 2015

MY LIFE | One Heck Of A July

July was definitely a blur. Not sure how that happened, but it was a pretty great to say the least. Take a look at what I got up to this month:

 LEFT: Canada Day in NYC | RIGHT: Cute outdoorsy wall in The Plaza cafeteria

Thursday, July 30, 2015

EVENT | Rent.com x Live @ The Apt NYC

I've come to really love going out to see comedy shows in New York. They're always going on and it's (usually) a pretty fun time. So when I got asked to check out a comedy event hosted by Rent.com & Live @ The Apt, I was like, why not?

It turned out to be WAY better than I expected. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect, so it was such a great surprise. For starters, the venue was unreal. The view (see above) was insane and it was probably one of the most perfect nights to be out on a rooftop. We were at the top of The Dylan, which was basically next to the Empire State Building — can't get anymore NYC than that, folks.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

#INTERNLIFE | Nicki Minaj Thinks "Anaconda" Got Snubbed By VMAs

So you've probably heard about this whole Nicki Minaj/Taylor Swift Twitter "feud" that went on this week, which was definitely an interesting thing to find on my newsfeed.

For Refinery29, I wrote about the tweets that started it all...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

FASHION | Keds 'Ladies First' Campaign Starring Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift sure has been killin' it these days. From her insanely good-looking girl squad to her (almost) equally good-looking bf Calvin Harris, I mean, what more can she get her hands on?

Well, add another awesome campaign to her list. She's headlining the Keds global rebrand and featured in the fall 2015 ads and it's kind of a big deal. "Ladies first since 1916" is the tagline and it's pretty rad.

Take a look:

Friday, July 10, 2015

#INTERNLIFE | Blake Lively Is A 'Bronde'

I wrote a few stories for Refinery29 this week and the best one by far was some pretty crucial celebrity hair news.

Check out my article on Blake Lively as a "bronde" 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NEW MUSIC | BOY Premiere: 'We Were Here'

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I've been a fan of the German/Swedish duo BOY (Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass) for a while now, so I got super pumped when I saw they just released new music. Check out their premiere of "We Were Here" -

Monday, July 6, 2015

UPCOMING | CollegeFashionista x Intermix NYC

FYI NYC, CollegeFashionista has a party coming up!

See you there?

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Friday, July 3, 2015

FASHION | Betsey Johnson x Capezio Starring Maddie Ziegler

I remember my days of buying Capezio dance shoes (way, way back in the day) and I totally would have loved this new collaboration. Betsey Johnson has teamed up with Capezio for a line of fun dance wear and the face of the campaign is Maddie Ziegler, Dance Moms super star and mini Sia. This 12-year-old is seriously killing it...you go girl.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

EVENT | Canada Day In NYC

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I spent my first Canada Day in New York City and I gotta say, it was pretty great. There was a Canadian party at the PH-D Rooftop Lounge at the Dream Hotel in Chelsea — complete with poutine, cardboard cutouts of Rob Ford and Wayne Gretzky, a playlist that included Avril Lavigne/Drake/Nelly Furtado/Tom Cochrane, and of course, good ol' Canadian beer.

I felt right at home. And it was PACKED. I think we all were pretty excited to get to celebrate with fellow Canadians.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MY LIFE | Where did June go?

Stunning view from the Hearst Tower

Okay, so June flew by. In case you didn't already notice by the lack of blog posts I did this month, it's been cray. Interning five days a week is kicking my butt. Good thing it's fun stuff, right? Amidst the transcribing and article research, I still managed to get out and do some much-needed NYC exploring (found a couple awesome new bar spots, see below). Here's what I got up to in June:


Monday, June 29, 2015

EVENT | Logo TV Trailblazer Honors & Pride Parade NYC

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June is Pride Month and this year's celebration came with a historic milestone. After what feels like MUCH too long, marriage equality has reached the United States. This comes as a major achievement for the LGBTQ community and I couldn't be more excited for everyone!

I seriously teared up while watching this:

I had the pleasure of attending Logo TV's Trailblazer Honors event in NYC as a seatfiller and I had an incredible experience. The event celebrated many inspirational voices doing amazing and aspirational things in the LGBTQ community. It was held at the The Cathedral Church Of St. John the Divine and it was such a stunning venue:

Monday, June 22, 2015

ART | Mr. Brainwash Exhibit NYC

I tend to wander around New York City aimlessly, and it sometimes leads to some hidden gems. I was in the Chelsea area near the High Line on a beautiful day and I saw this:
Naturally, my curiosity kicked in and I stepped in.....into an amazing Mr. Brainwash exhibit (!!)
Take a look:

Friday, June 5, 2015

#INTERNLIFE | Refinery29

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June was off to a great start, with a brand new internship with Refinery29 — I'll be spending my summer as the entertainment intern!

 The office is seriously so pretty and the workplace vibe is on point.

Friday, May 29, 2015

MY LIFE | Toronto Visit

I love making spontaneous visits back to Canadaland (spontaneous meaning, I was homeless for a bit in NYC so I needed somewhere to go...that story another time). I got to go see some pals in Toronto and have some much-needed relaxation time.

My trip in photos:

Friday, May 22, 2015

FOOD | Cooking with Master Chef's Graham Elliot

During my visit to Toronto, I got the chance to participate in a cooking class—and not just any cooking class (actually, I think this was my first official cooking class....). I was taught by the one and only Graham Elliot, one of the culinary geniuses from Master Chef. Partnering with Walmart Canada, the event was a fun class full of great food, wine and people. The products we used from Walmart were so fresh and were seriously delicious.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PHOTOGRAPHY | Ageless Glamour

During my second semester at NYU, I took a photojournalism class that ended with an exhibit reception featuring our final projects. Inspired by the documentary Advanced Style and street style photographers Ari Seth Cohen and Bill Cunningham, I took a look at some of NYC's most stylish ladies and presented a series titled Ageless Glamour.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

MY LIFE | NY1 Internship Experience

If you're a broadcast journalism student looking for an internship in NYC, I highly recommend NY1 News. I spent 10 weeks with the living unit at NY1 (arts/entertainment/lifestyle features) and it was such a great experience. I've done a bunch of internships in the past, and this is definitely one of the best. It was very hands-on and everyone was incredibly encouraging and supportive. You have the opportunity to try different things and meet people from other departments.

Take a look into my NY1 internship experience: